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In Charleston 1835


Courtesy of the South Carolina Historical Society

In Charleston 1835, we are back to the allegory of the Cooper River, with its familiar message of maritime prosperity. This decade was perhaps the height of Charleston's ascendancy, and the illustration reflects as much. The harbor is shown crowded with boats as never before, and the still water reflects a bright sheen of light from the sky. A foreground figure, dressed in tophat and aristocratic attire, surveys a scene that resembles a tended garden more than a wilderness. And an inescapable rainbow arcs from the sky to the ships, signifying pots of gold now figuratively and literally sailing into the city's coffers.